November 28, 2016 - Obama Goes Out With Highest Marks In Four Years, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Say He's 'good' Or 'great' President Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters approve 50 - 43 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his highest score since a 53 - 40 percent approval rating December 6, 2012, right after he won reelection, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

President Obama has been a "great" president, 22 percent of voters say, while 33 percent say he has been a "good" president, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Another 23 percent say "not so good" and 22 percent say he has been a "bad" president.

Obama's policies have helped the nation's economy, 44 percent of voters say, as 38 percent say his policies have hurt the economy and 16 percent say his policies haven't made a difference.

But only 21 percent of voters say Obama's policies have helped their personal financial situation, as 33 percent say these policies have hurt them personally and 44 percent say they've made no difference.

While both the Democratic and Republican parties get negative favorability ratings, for the first time in two years, the Republican Party does better, with a negative 38 - 50 percent favorability, compared to the Democrats' 35 - 56 percent score.

This is the Republicans' best favorability score since a negative 38 - 49 percent rating in a November 26, 2014, Quinnipiac University poll, the last time the GOP outscored the Democrats. Today's favorability rating is the Democrats' worst since a 34 - 53 percent score September 28, 2015.

"President Barack Obama's final score card is a passing grade overall, but barely," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Are the GOP's favorability scores an endorsement of President-elect Donald Trump's change agent status? It could well be that despite Obama's largely positive exit numbers Americans say it's time to turn the page," Malloy added.

Only 27 percent of American voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in nation today, while 72 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

A total of 39 percent of voters say the American economy is "excellent" or "good," while 60 percent say it is "not so good" or "poor." This is the best score on the economy since December, 2003, when 40 percent of voters said the economy was "excellent" or "good."

The economy is getting better, 30 percent of voters say, while 24 percent say it is getting worse and 45 percent say it is staying about the same.

They are better off than they were a year ago, 39 percent of voters say, as 30 percent say they are worse off and 29 percent say they are the same.

From November 17 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,071 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              50%    13%    89%    50%    47%    52%    51%    33%
Disapprove           43     80      9     40     46     41     43     59
DK/NA                 7      7      2     10      7      7      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              62%    49%    46%    46%    38%    44%    41%    70%
Disapprove           30     44     48     48     56     48     51     23
DK/NA                 9      7      6      6      6      8      7      7
 
 
5. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            35%     5%    77%    25%    30%    39%    37%    24%
Unfavorable          56     91     17     60     64     49     56     67
Hvn't hrd enough      6      3      5      8      4      8      4      6
REFUSED               3      1      1      6      2      4      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorable            28%    38%    34%    40%    25%    35%    30%    45%
Unfavorable          60     57     55     53     71     55     62     41
Hvn't hrd enough      9      2      7      5      2      8      5      8
REFUSED               3      3      4      2      2      3      2      5
 
 
6. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            38%    79%    10%    30%    42%    35%    34%    51%
Unfavorable          50     17     82     49     49     51     58     38
Hvn't hrd enough      7      2      6     12      6      9      5      7
REFUSED               5      2      1      9      3      6      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorable            36%    39%    38%    38%    45%    41%    43%    27%
Unfavorable          51     54     46     49     48     47     47     57
Hvn't hrd enough      8      5     10      7      5      7      6     11
REFUSED               4      2      5      6      2      6      4      6
 
 
7. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        5%     3%     8%     4%     6%     4%     5%     4%
Smwht satisfied      22     13     30     23     21     22     22     18
Smwht dissatisfied   30     31     27     32     34     27     28     32
Very dissatisfied    42     50     34     40     37     45     44     45
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied        5%     4%     5%     6%     5%     4%     4%     7%
Smwht satisfied      25     21     21     20     16     22     19     27
Smwht dissatisfied   38     30     26     29     36     25     30     30
Very dissatisfied    31     44     46     41     41     47     44     35
DK/NA                 1      2      2      3      2      2      2      1
 
 
11. How would you rate Barack Obama as the President of the United States; would you say that he has been a great president, a good president, a not so good president, or a bad president?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Great                22%     2%    47%    19%    16%    27%    24%    11%
Good                 33     14     43     40     35     32     33     27
Not so good          23     39      8     21     25     21     20     30
Bad                  22     45      1     19     23     20     22     32
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Great                21%    24%    23%    19%    12%    21%    17%    33%
Good                 46     32     28     30     32     29     30     42
Not so good          22     22     23     22     26     24     25     18
Bad                  10     20     26     28     30     25     27      7
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
 
12. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the nation's economy, hurt the nation's economy, or haven't made a difference?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Helped               44%     8%    84%    44%    40%    48%    44%    29%
Hurt                 38     70      7     36     41     36     37     51
No difference        16     21      7     18     19     14     16     18
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Helped               53%    43%    44%    40%    33%    38%    36%    64%
Hurt                 23     40     42     42     47     43     45     20
No difference        24     16     12     14     19     15     17     15
DK/NA                 -      1      2      3      1      3      2      1
 
 
13. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Helped               21%     2%    46%    16%    19%    23%    22%    15%
Hurt                 33     59      5     33     37     30     32     44
No difference        44     39     47     49     44     45     45     40
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Helped               27%    20%    21%    19%    16%    20%    18%    29%
Hurt                 26     31     38     33     42     36     39     18
No difference        43     48     41     46     41     43     42     50
DK/NA                 5      -      -      2      -      1      1      4
 
 
48. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             2%     -      4%     1%     1%     2%     1%     1%
Good                 37     13     60     42     37     38     47     26
Not so good          37     48     27     36     39     35     34     40
Poor                 23     39      8     20     23     24     17     33
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Excellent             -      2%     1%     3%     1%     1%     1%     3%
Good                 47     36     36     34     36     36     36     42
Not so good          31     38     37     36     39     35     37     35
Poor                 22     23     25     25     24     26     25     19
DK/NA                 -      1      1      2      -      2      1      1
 
 
49. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               30%    16%    46%    27%    30%    29%    33%    23%
Worse                24     33     12     26     22     26     18     31
The same             45     51     40     47     47     43     47     46
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Better               40%    26%    30%    25%    30%    26%    27%    35%
Worse                22     23     26     24     23     26     25     22
The same             37     49     44     49     47     46     47     41
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      -      2      1      1
 
 
50. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better off           39%    30%    51%    37%    43%    36%    43%    28%
Worse off            30     39     19     29     30     29     24     37
SAME(VOL)            29     29     28     31     24     32     31     32
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3      2      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Better off           56%    49%    30%    23%    40%    32%    35%    48%
Worse off            19     22     39     36     31     31     31     27
SAME(VOL)            17     27     30     40     27     36     32     22
DK/NA                 8      2      -      1      2      2      2      4